Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort

lunch at Greenhouse | The Secret Life of Bee

The dishes at Greenhouse are dazzling, exhilarating and unexpected. The ingredients are a mix of local, exotic and exciting. While elaborate, the dishes always remain focused on working together harmoniously.

lunch at Greenhouse | The Secret Life of Bee

I was lucky enough to be invited to experience Greenhouse and experience is a very fitting word. You feel immersed into a different world from the moment you step into the bar. We enjoyed supremely delicious and unusual cocktails before heading into the dining room. My personal favourite was the Kombucha-cha cocktail made with our own local Copeland Rum and of course a delicious dose of kombucha. It was refreshing and got the palate all excited for what was to come next!

lunch at Greenhouse | The Secret Life of Bee

Head Chef Farrel Hirsch has developed a skillful and refined menu that delights around every corner. And if you hurry and get yourself there soon they have an exciting à la carte lunch special at R550 per person.

Here’s a look at our incredible dining experience:

Trio of whipped butter & grated blue rock salt

lunch at Greenhouse | The Secret Life of Bee
lunch at Greenhouse | The Secret Life of Bee

Wagyu tartare

lunch at Greenhouse | The Secret Life of Bee

Confit duck bao, spring onion, ginger mayo & kimchi

lunch at Greenhouse | The Secret Life of Bee

Trout mi-cuit, dill mayo, liquorice teriyaki, pickled kohlrabi, fish crackling & furikake

lunch at Greenhouse | The Secret Life of Bee

XO pork, quail’s egg nest, eryngii, ponzu, dashi & pork crackling

lunch at Greenhouse | The Secret Life of Bee
lunch at Greenhouse | The Secret Life of Bee

Cape octopus, asparagus, sour fig, ink yuzu sauce & coral tuile

lunch at Greenhouse | The Secret Life of Bee

Braai bokkie, sweetbreads, carrot & cashew puree, pap, morogo & jus

lunch at Greenhouse | The Secret Life of Bee

Local cape fish & prawn, wild rice risotto, pea puree & garlic sake sauce

lunch at Greenhouse | The Secret Life of Bee
lunch at Greenhouse | The Secret Life of Bee

PB & J parfait, peanut butter brittle with a glass of milk

lunch at Greenhouse | The Secret Life of Bee
lunch at Greenhouse | The Secret Life of Bee

Petit fours – white chocolate, orange and rose truffle

lunch at Greenhouse | The Secret Life of Bee
lunch at Greenhouse | The Secret Life of Bee

The wine pairings were spot on and utterly delicious. A particular favourite was the Julien Schaal Mountain Vineyards Chardonnay. An elegant, complex and well balanced wine with glorious hints of white peach on the nose.

Another firm favourite was The Blacksmith ‘Hell Yeah’ Pinotage 2018. What a wine. Incredibly well balanced fruit and acidity with firm tannin and a fresh juicy finish.

Thank you to all the highly skilled staff at Greenhouse for making our lunch such a memorable food journey. We will be back soon!

lunch at Greenhouse | The Secret Life of Bee
lunch at Greenhouse | The Secret Life of Bee

*I was invited as a guest of Greenhouse and the husband paid his way 😉

chefs warehouse at beau constantia

Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia | The Secret Life of Bee

Some meals are just special. Everything works in harmony. From the flavours and textures on the plate to the perfectly chilled wine in your ice bucket and expertly executed service. This was one of those meals.

Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia | The Secret Life of Bee

Chef’s Warehouse at Beau Constantia is a sensory treat. Set in one of the most beautiful locations over looking the Constantia wine valley surrounded by vineyards, forest and wild proteas. The setting matches the food which is almost too pretty to eat. The attention to details is astounding. Each flourish adds flavour and texture and nothing is placed on the plate without careful consideration. The oysters were a major highlight for me. Just wow. What a way to start the meal. Adorned with flavours from the garden and a paprika oil drizzled over them. They were spectacular.

Here are some of the highlights from this utterly sensational meal:

Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia | The Secret Life of Bee

Middle Eastern Beef Tataki, Buttermilk Dressing, Persian Dressed Cucumbers and Char Grilled Brick Pastry

Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia | The Secret Life of Bee

Tomatoes on Toast, Confit and Pickled Tomatoes, Curds and Herbs

Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia | The Secret Life of Bee

Linefish Escabeche, Pickles and Lime Labne

Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia | The Secret Life of Bee

Saffron Risotto with Cajun Spiced Brisket, Sour Cream and Fried Onions

Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia | The Secret Life of Bee

Char Grilled Blesbok, Pickles, Burnt Butter and Beetroot Sauce

Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia | The Secret Life of Bee

Wild Honey and Lavender Crème, Honeycomb and Smoked Cassia Bark Ice Cream

Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia | The Secret Life of Bee

Lemon Posset with Berry Coulis

Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia | The Secret Life of Bee

The service is seamless. Just the right amount of attention without becoming overbearing.  The courses are perfectly timed and plentiful. It really is exceptionally good value for money and you will not leave hungry. They also have a sublime cheese platter but by the end of lunch we had lost count of the amount of courses we’d had and needed to roll ourselves home. I cannot wait to return for another spectacular meal.

Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia | The Secret Life of Bee

Make it your next restaurant mission to dine at Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia.

Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia | The Secret Life of Bee